From the Jewellery Quarter, Pete Allen took me on a mini tour of Birmingham heritage. On his own pub blog Pete looks at the changing face of canalside pubs over the decades; here we strolled through the Victorian and Edwardian centre.
The beer range may have changed this century (bye bye Ansells), but the remaining pubs still impress.
Where will it end ?
I went trad.
Despite being underground, I do like the P.O.V. Something about the nooks and crannies and mix of customers you get here. And the Hobson Mild (NBSS 4) served in a thick glass was a joy. Only now do I notice I could have had Brass Castle.
I think you’ll agree I’ve caught Mudge beautifully in profile here. (the later photos of Mudge dancing on the table in the Gunmakers are subject to ongoing legal action).
Note the pint men. A good start.
You’ll all know this next one. Though some of our group didn’t.
Now I haven’t always got on with the Welly. Being blunt, it was packed, whiffy and a bit “CAMRA Beer Festival” at the start; the whole “count-the-handpumps” thing isn’t my scene. But I’d always pop in on work overnighters in Brum, and the last couple of times I’ve found it a bit more light and airy, with the roof terrace a joy.
Most folk went Oakham, I feel strangely obliged to go for the house beers (Pig on the Wall) in Black Country pubs and be slightly disappointed.
A nice arty picture of lager glasses for you.
The Unofficial Official Pub Crawl, led by Pub Curmudgeon, then moved on (appropriately) to the Old Contemptibles for lunch
Despite being rather lovely, I left them there to argue about Davenports home delivery service over fish and chips, on the basis that;
- I’d already done it (full of suits when I went)
- It’s a Nicholson’s
- I had the rest of the “new” Jewellery Quarter to explore
- Like a dog, I get irritable if not allowed a walk at regular intervals
Some top class service here as well, though I sense the artwork was more to my taste than others in the group.
As always, I preferred the dark Two Towers beer someone else had to the pale one I had.
It must have been a good afternoon, as my notes are scant and photos few, always a good sign.
A few observations;
The pubs were ticking over but quiet on a lovely Saturday afternoon, with the Eagle & Ball and the Bull unexpectedly closed.
Only four pubs in Central Brum in the Beer Guide this year; our group did them all. Is this due to improvements to the west and the south ? We shall see.
A great mix of pub styles and quick, cheery service in all of them. It can be done.